Padres right-hander Mat Latos fired a complete game shutout on Thursday afternoon against the Giants, allowing only one hit and fanning six batters over nine impressive innings. The Friars escaped with a 1-0 victory.
Latos, 22, retired the first 15 batters he faced before surrendering an infield hit to Eli Whiteside to open the sixth inning. He needed only 106 pitches in the quick, two-hour game, and has now strung together quite a few impressive starts. Latos also shut out the Astros last time out and has a 0.97 WHIP through seven outings this season.
The Padres stand 22-12 on the year and boast a 3.5-game lead over the Giants in the National League West standings. Latos, despite his 3-3 record, deserves much of the credit for the excellent start.
Orioles DH Mark Trumbo drilled a two-run home run to left-center field off of reliever Ben Heller in the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Yankees. In doing so, he became the first player to reach the 40-homer plateau this season.
Trumbo finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. Along with the 40 dingers, he’s hitting .257/.317/.541 with 96 RBI. He has already set a career-high in homers and is four RBI away from tying his career high in that regard.
Trumbo is eligible for free agency after the season. Needless to say, his performance in 2016 bodes well for his ability to secure a hefty contract.
Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported on Sunday that Pirates starter Gerrit Cole was scratched from Monday’s start against the Cubs. Cole instead has flown to Los Angeles to have his sore right elbow examined by a specialist, Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
Cole struggled in Wednesday’s start against the Astros, yielding five runs in five innings. He did not throw his regular between-starts bullpen. An MRI didn’t reveal any ligament damage, but a bone spur remains a possibility.
Cole, 25, has a 3.55 ERA and a 95/32 K/BB ratio in 144 innings over 20 starts this season. The right-hander missed some time earlier this season with a triceps injury.